Mel C put the Spice Girls' girl power motto into practice by seeking out women to work with on her new solo record.
Mel and her bandmates rose to fame as feminist icons storming the male-dominated world of pop music – but she reveals that men were still often calling the shots behind the scenes.
However, the 46 year old says that for her new record, Who I Am, she made sure she hired women.
"It's super important," the Northern Star hitmaker tells Australian website MusicFeeds.au. "Throughout my career, I've worked with men predominantly. From studio engineers to songwriters, producers, musicians, everything. It's still very much a male-dominated industry.
"So now I've found myself at this point where I'm making more informed decisions, it's great to get a lot more women in the mix."
One women who has made a major contribution to the record is British electropop star Little Boots, real name Victoria Hesketh – a musician Mel worked well with.
"She's a great electronic artist and has had a lot of success," she adds. "We have a great rapport in the studio and get on really well but we have a great working relationship. That's a really fun collaboration."
The Never Be the Same Again singer also employed German director Sylvie Weber and her female director of photography to film two videos for the album, and has vowed to do her bit to promote equality in entertainment.
"There's just a very different energy when you're working with mostly women," the star says. "But that's very unusual to see and isn't that s**t that we go, 'Oh my god and that it's a thing?' But it's going to be like that for a long time and it's going to take us a while to readjust and reset the balance."
Who I Am is out now.